Zali Steggall MP speaks in support of Warringah's LGBTQIA+ community ahead of WorldPride 2023

13 February 2023


I rise to speak in proud support of the Warringah LGBTQIA+ community. We are at the eve of Sydney WorldPride, an incredible opportunity to champion our rainbow communities. WorldPride is a major international event, with Sydney winning the bid to host the festival and human rights conference in 2023. In Warringah we value kindness and genuine celebration of our diversity. We had one of the highest yes votes for marriage equality in the country, at 75 per cent. Whilst there is much to celebrate, it's important that we reflect on and remember those who have been or continue to be impacted by hatred and discrimination. There is still so much work to do.

I recently attended the launch of Fusion Pride Northern Beaches. Fusion Pride is an exciting new anchor of queer social connection, education, advocacy and support. It was so moving to see the joy and celebration in the room that night. I'm deeply proud of local organisations in Warringah that take leading roles in championing respect, visibility and inclusion. My Sydney Independent colleagues and I are so excited to again walk alongside queer members of our communities at this year's Mardi Gras parade. As we kick off celebrations, I truly hope every queer and gender-diverse person knows: no matter who you are or who you love, you are valid. There is a place for you in Warringah and Australia. Happy WorldPride. We see you. We hear you.